episodic Swedish-language comedy about, among other things,
an imperiled immigrant, a harried taxi driver, a talentless
crucifix salesman, a hapless magician, an insane poet, and
a man who burns down his own furniture store for the insurance
money. Written and directed by Roy Andersson. With Lars
Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Lucio Vucina,
Per Jornelius, Sten Andersson and Hanna Eriksson. Also known
as Sanger fran andra vaningen. July 3 in New
York. New Yorker.
comedy, set in Manhattan, about a 16-year-old prep school
student who falls for his new stepmom after returning home
for the holidays. Directed by Gary Winick (Sweet Nothing,
The Tic Code) from a screenplay by Heather McGowan
and Niels Mueller. With Aaron Stanford (TVs Third
Watch), Sigourney Weaver (Heartbreakers),
John Ritter (Panic), Bebe Neuwirth (Liberty
Heights), Robert Iler (The Tic Code),
Adam LeFevre (Hearts in Atlantis), Ron Rifkin
(The Sum of All Fears), Kate Mere (Random
Hearts), Paul Butler (State and Main),
and Alicia Van Couvering (TVs Ed). 78
min. July 19 in New York and Los Angeles; wider July 26;
wider Aug. 2. Miramax.
about a talking mouse who teams with his cat to traverse
the city and rescue a new pigeon friend from a villainous
falcon. A sequel to the 1999 blockbuster, based on the childrens
book by E.B. White (Charlottes Web). Screenplay
by Bruce Joel Rubin (Jacobs Ladder) and
Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (Where the Heart
Is). Returnees from part one include director Rob
Minkoff (The Lion King), actors Geena Davis
(Stuart Little), Jonathan Lipnicki (The
Little Vampire, Like Mike) and Hugh Laurie
(Stuart Little), and the voices of Michael J.
Fox, Nathan Lane and Steve Zahn. New voices in the mix include
those of James Woods and Melanie Griffith. Flat. July 19.
set in 1976 Manchester, England, about a group of friends
who start up a record label and help create the Manchester
sound exemplified by Joy Division, James, Stone Roses
and Happy Mondays. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (Welcome
to Sarajevo, Wonderland) from a screenplay
by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Welcome to Sarajevo,
Pandaemonium). With Steve Coogan (The
Wind in the Willows), Kenny Baker (Star Wars:
Episode II Attack of the Clones), Rob Brydon
(Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Paddy
Considine (Born Romantic), Christopher Eccleston
(The Others), Shirley Henderson (Bridget
Joness Diary) and Lennie James (Lucky
Break). Flat. 113 min. July 19 limited. MGM.
documentary following Cuban guitarist Miguel The Rooster
del Morales travels across Cuba as he meets and plays
music with old friends and new acquaintances. Directed by
Karim Dridi. Featuring Morales, Pepin Valliant, Mirta Gonzales,
Anibal Avila and Alberto Pablo. June. Empire.
drama about the final days of a womanizing, substance abusing
Hollywood talent agent. Loosely based on the novel The
Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina).
Bernard Rose (Candyman, Anna Karenina)
directs from a screenplay by Rose and Lisa Enos. With Danny
Huston (Timecode), Peter Weller (Shadow
Hours), Bernard Rose (Army of Darkness),
Caroleen Feeney (Bad Manners), Alison Taylor
(Gross Anatomy) and Robert Graham. 94 min. June
7. Artistic License.
comprised of three dramatic vignettes and hosted by Queen
Latifah. Part one, Unos World, is about
a young Nambian woman who must accept the ramifications
of her obsession with a bad boy. Part two, Hang
Time, is about a young West African basketball player
who resorts to violence to get new shoes so he can impress
an American basketball scout. Part three, Raya,
deals with a young womans attempt to reunite with
her mother and daughter after rebelling against her Muslim
upbringing and spending time in jail. Unos World
is directed by Bridget Pickering, Hang Time
is directed by Ngozi Onwurah and Raya is directed
by Zulfa Otto-Sallies. The cast of Unos World
includes Sophie David, Esi Shimming-Chase, Adam Mhone, Sacha
Oliver and Muhindua Kaura. The cast of Hang Time
includes Brian Biragi and Brian Bovell (Secrets &
Lies). The cast of Raya includes Rehane
Abrahams, Oscar Petersen (The Quarry) and Ayesha
Krige. June 7 limited. Wellspring.
romantic drama about a filmmaker who can't shake the feeling
that he met his lead actress before. Written and directed
by Jean-Luc Godard (For Ever Mozart). With Bruno
Putzulu (A Self-Made Hero), Cecile Camp (Place
Vendome), Jean Davy, Francoise Verny, Phillippe Lyrette
and Audrey Klebaner. Also known as Eloge de LAmour.
June 28 in New York and Los Angeles. Manhattan.
about an 11-year-old who finds he can play basketball well
enough to join the NBA - thanks to the pair of magic shoes
he finds. John Schultz (Drive Me Crazy) directs
from a screenplay by Michael Elliot (TVs Carmen:
A Hip Hopera) and Jordan Moffet (Whispers: An
Elephants Tale). With hip hop star Lil Bow Wow,
Morris Chestnut (Two Can Play That Game), Jonathan
Lipnicki (The Little Vampire, Stuart Little
2), Jesse Plemons (All the Pretty Horses),
Crispin Glover (Charlies Angels), Anne
Meara (The Independent), Robert Forster (Human
Nature), Julie Brown (Shadow Hours), Eugene
Levy (Serendipity), and Da Brat (Glitter).
June 7. Fox.
set in England, about a newlywed who finds a better way
to make a living than factory work when she discovers a
passion for sumo wrestling. Imogen Kimmel makes her feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Kimmel and Catriena
McGowan. With Charlotte Brittain (Get Real),
Lee Ross (Dreaming of Joseph Lees), Annette
Badland (Little Voice), Clare Cathcart, Sharon
D. Clarke, James Hooton (TwentyFourSeven), Lisa
Jane Riley (Butterfly Kiss) and Charles Dale
(The Advocate). 92 min. June 14 in New York.
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